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Title:Raids and refuge: the Bulsa in Babatu's slave wars
Author:Kröger, FranzISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Research Review
Volume:24
Issue:2
Pages:25-38
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:ethnic warfare
slavery
Builsa
Dagomba
1880-1889
1890-1899
About person:Babatu (d. 1807)
Abstract:This paper examines the slave raids carried out between 1885 and 1897 by the Dagomba, particularly under Babatu (d. 1807), the leader of the Zabarima warriors, among the Bulsa, an ethnic group living southwest of Navrongo in present-day Ghana. Following a presentation of various accounts of the battle of Sandema - 'terminus ante quem' 14 March 1897 - in which a united force of Bulsa defeated Babatu, the paper pays attention to the defensive strategies of the Bulsa in battles, and their habit of retreating into caverns when attacked. A particular type of cavern appears to be predominant in the Bulsa area. This consists of a secluded natural cavity, which can be entered only through a shaft and a horizontal tunnel. Furthermore, the paper shows that several caverns of the Bulsa and the Koma, their immediate neighbours, are today either shrines themselves or closely associated to such. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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